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MCAT changes receive approval

Friday, February 24, 2012
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The ways in which prospective medical school students prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) are expected to change in the years ahead.

This is due to the fact that the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently approved the first changes to the MCAT since 1991. The revamped test, which is expected to be introduced in 2015, will better reflect the knowledge required to work in an evolving health care industry.

When taking the revised MCAT, prospective students will encounter a new section, Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior. According to AAMC officials, the purpose of the new questions in this section is to place an emphasis on the human side of health care, as opposed to just the scientific aspects of the industry.

"Being a good doctor is about more than scientific knowledge," said Darrell G. Kirch, president and chief executive officer of the AAMC. "It also requires an understanding of people."

Other changes to the MCAT include a new section on Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills, which will draw on test takers’ knowledge of social sciences and humanities disciplines, and two additional sections designed to assess prospective students’ understanding of biology, organic chemistry and other scientific subjects.

By Monique Smith

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